Mention any kind of cobbler to a Southerner and we are ready to dig in. Make it in an iron skillet with sweet potatoes, add some ice cream or whipped cream and you have a real Southern dish!
I don’t think I would ever tire of sweet potatoes and I like them any way you “fix” them.
4 medium sweet potatoes, peeled and sliced or chopped (about 6 or 7 cups)
1 cup white granulated sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1 1/2 cups water from cooked sweet potatoes
5 tablespoons butter
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
Cover the sliced or chopped sweet potatoes with water and boil just long enough to soften. This takes about 10 minutes. They should be soft enough that you can stick a fork through them. Drain and save 1 1/2 cups of the water from boiling the sweet potatoes. In a bowl whisk together the sugar, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg and flour. Spray a 10 inch iron skillet with cooking spray or you could use a 9 x 13 baking dish. Dump in the cooked sweet potatoes, pour the 1 1/2 cups water over the potatoes. Mix in vanilla extract. Sprinkle on the sugar and spices. Cut up the 5 tablespoons butter in pieces on top. You can make your own crust from the recipe below of you could use a bought pie crust on top.
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1/4 teaspoon salt
5 tablespoons butter, softened
About 10 tablespoons ice water
Mix salt into flour. Cut butter into flour until resembles course crumbs. Add water until you can work with dough. Roll out on a floured surface and place over cobbler in skillet or baking dish.
Bake cobbler in a preheated 400 degree oven for 35 to 40 minutes until crust is brown on top. Can brush crust with melted butter or egg white for better browning.
Makes about 8 servings. Enjoy!
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